Sheriff Babeu Sex Scandal Jeopardizes Romney in Arizona

Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu who was known for his tough stance on illegal immigration, is fighting accusations that he threatened to have an illegal alien deported if he made public their secret relationship. Babeu had been a co-chair on Mitt Romney’s campaign in Arizona since October of last year, but has stepped down to keep the allegations from becoming a “distraction” to Romney’s run.

It’s been less than 2 months than Sheriff Babeu announced a bid for House of Representative, but his run will be a difficult one in the very conservative district now that he has confirmed his gay relationship with the accuser who claims to be an illegal alien. Babeu says he did not know the legal status of the man, and insists he had not believed him to be illegal at the time of their relationship.

More interesting is the effect this scandal might have on the GOP primary election.

While the Arizona primary was not considered as important as some of the other states, Santorum’s sudden spike in popularity might carry over, even though Romney is the only candidate who has been actively campaigning there. It remains to be seen how this might affect Romney’s support, even as Babeu has distanced himself from the campaign.



On polling conducted in Arizona on the 16th by Rasmussen, Romney takes 39% of respondents to Santorum’s 31%. However, Romney was ahead of Santorum 35 points 2 weeks earlier, showing the volatility we’ve come to expect from this primary season. The Santorum momentum can only receive a boost from this departure of the popular Sheriff from Romney’s campaign, but only time will show if it’s enough to push him over the top in Arizona and continue to weaken Mitt’s vaunted cloak of inevitability.

In a press conference on Saturday, Babeu stood in front of many of his supporters, including some from the sheriff’s office as he took questions from the media. In his statement, the Sheriff admitted to being gay and to having a personal relationship with the accuser, but deflected any further accusations of the improper conduct.

Prior to the accusations, the Sheriff had gained national prominence when he appeared in a commercial with John McCain supporting his presidential run in 2008, and affirming McCain’s promise to bring illegal immigration under control. The video ends with McCain, saying, “just build the dang fence!” and Babeu responds, “Senator, you’re one of us.”

Babeu began his political career early, winning a seat on the City Council of North Adams Massachusetts at the age of 18. After failing to win a state Senate seat, he ran twice unsuccessfully for mayor and moved to Arizona. He was able to win the office of Sheriff with a wide margin in conservative Pinal County in 2008, and was named Sheriff of the Year by the National Sheriffs’ Association in 2011.

Sheriff Babeu is no stranger to sex scandals. In 1986, he told officials in the Springfield Massachusetts diocese that he had been abused by a Catholic priest. The diocese allowed the priest to continue in his office until 5 years later when he was arrested for abusing other children. Babeu’s anger at the inaction of the church resulted in lawsuits and two settlements.

Then, in 1998 he worked at a private boarding school in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The DeSisto school closed in 2004 after a long history of child endangerment allegations, including the arrest of a dorm parent for sexual abuse in 1993.

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78 thoughts on “Sheriff Babeu Sex Scandal Jeopardizes Romney in Arizona

  1. Tough for him to admit this, but it seems he is doing a good job as sheriff. Wonder if Romney will suffer from Babeau’s dropout.

  2. Oh Gee. Another decent, honest, patriot, GOP enters any race,and is smeared by the DNC, Yawn! It is a pity, candidates, cannot use the anti smear gun on them,and spray them with the filth they produce.

  3. So, out of all the candidates and all the reasons to support any of them, Babeu picks Romney. Why? Is Romney that same kind of liar Babeu is? Maybe he’s a good sheriff and an effective administrator.

    Well, Alexander the Great was a tremendous sheriff and administrator and he was gay. But Alexander wasn’t a liar. Oh yeah he and his mom killed Alex’s father and Alex’s two younger stepbrothers, but he wasn’t lying about his sexual tastes. Sure Alexander allowed his fed-up army to return home after eight years of fighting but instead of calling for the ships, he forced them to walk the 3000 miles, straight through the Iraq and Iranian deserts where 3/4 of the heroes died of thirst and exhaustion, but he never lied about liking to have another man ….

    So why should Babs be persecuted? All he did was lie about his sexuality to the people who supported him, who elected and re-elected him, who spoke out for him, defended him and put him on a pedestal, put their dreams and hopes into him as a standard bearer for conservative America. He hasn’t committed a crime. Like Obama, Babs is simply a liar when it comes to his sexual preference. Sure he’s gay but he’s not Alexander gay.

    Romney the rat deserves the support of this kind of man. I’d like to see Romney come out for Babs.

  4. No one should be judged on how well or poorly he does his job by his gayness or not. Individual rights and freedom does not hinge on a person’s gender.

    Common people stop being judgmental! Leave that job to God. As long as he does not impose and force his sexual preferences and activities on others, then I see neither reason for him to quit his job nor stop him from running for office. Grow up people, do not let the democrats define and trap you into a certain mental mold, otherwise you will be successfully herded into an enclosure with only yourselves to blame.

  5. I see this as a none issue in the Az. primary. I still say Romney wins in Az. Also the boyfriend says he is not illegal and has a visa etc to be in the country. I do think this hurts his own political career big time.

  6. The left is going to try and muddy the waters by making this about Babeu’s homosexuality. His being gay is irrelevant, but his stunning hypocrisy is very relevant. He’s portrayed himself as a warrior against illegal immigration, but has been dating an illegal alien on the sly. I don’t see how he can recover from that.

  7. This is such a sad situation. Here’s a man that served his country in the military for 20 years, then continued to serve in law enforcement before being elected as Sheriff. In every job, he gained respect and served honorably and even received the “Sheriff of the Year” award. Seems to me that he kept his personal life to himself and did not allow it to ever interfere with his job.

    From what I’ve read so far about this, the allegation of misuse of office has been debunked. Now everyone is jumping on the “judgement” of posting a few pictures, (which were NOT pornographic) on a gay dating website. Jose got jealous and hacked into the Sheriff campaign website as well as social media accounts and posted offensive material. The Sheriff’s attorney sent a letter to Jose advising them to remove it and return the website to their control.

    I’m left wondering if the Sheriff had posted the pictures on a heterosexual dating website if it would have been any big deal.

  8. Wow so much more to this guy then I ever knew! (and I dont care he’s gay)

    I was a HUGE fan of his.
    Sucks they outed him , he appeared to be a great guy putting up a
    huge fight for national security, but a BF that could be an illegal?
    Now I have questions about his judgement.
    We must know more before he’s elected to office.
    Will be interesting if he uses the bigot excuse when confronted with some of these
    issues.

  9. Is the problem that this Babeu guy is gay or that He threatened to deport his boyfriend ?

    Also why should He ever want to be ”openly gay”, why would anyone want their sexual life to be on the public light ?

  10. He’s toast.

    I wonder if the media will drag this (and Romney) through the mud like they did with the Santorum Billionaire with the aspirin joke.

  11. To be fair, Babeu’s alleged misdeeds should not reflect on Romney, unless one wants to make the case that Romney might not be the best judge of character. Plus, the man is innocent until proven guilty. (I say this as a Santorum supporter.)

    1. Me too. He’s dreamy 🙂

      We’ve all seen the kennel on top of Romney’s car. Many of us have seen the kennel strapped to Romney’s head with chinstrap and everything (hilarious). Now there is a picture of the what Air Force one will look like if Romney becomes President. Yep, an occupied dog kennel right above the cockpit. I’ll try to find a clickable for it.

      I think this kennel on the roof thing will “hound” him forever, aaahahaha.

    2. Me too. He’s dreamy 🙂

      We’ve all seen the kennel on top of Romney’s car. Many of us have seen the kennel strapped to Romney’s head with chinstrap and everything (hilarious). Now there is a picture of the what Air Force one will look like if Romney becomes President. Yep, an occupied dog kennel right above the cockpit. I’ll try to find a clickable for it.

      I think this kennel on the roof thing will “hound” him forever, aaahahaha.

  12. This is very distressing for conservatives here in Arizona. Me included. I have loved this Sheriff. I didn’t know he was gay, but it certainly wouldn’t have changed my views about his political views and his strength on illegal immigration. Nothing has been proven yet about the allegations made, but the damage is done, you know? It’s almost impossible to recover politically from stuff like this… unless you are a democrat. Then, it’s a badge of honor.

    1. For what it’s worth, as I was investigating for this article, I saw a lot about his career that he should be proud of. It’s too bad a lot of it will be undone by such a salacious outing.

  13. So am I missing something? Is the bad thing he’s done is to be gay? Or are we already assuming he really did know that his “friend” was illegal? And then do we believe that he threatened him? I dunno. I’m just having flashbacks of Herman Cain. He was found guilty the moment any of those gals made a claim even though there wasn’t a shred of evidence. He sounds like a politician in his answers & I don’t know if I’d vote for him, but I’m not ready to condemn him as a criminal.

  14. So am I missing something? Is the bad thing he’s done is to be gay? Or are we already assuming he really did know that his “friend” was illegal? And then do we believe that he threatened him? I dunno. I’m just having flashbacks of Herman Cain. He was found guilty the moment any of those gals made a claim even though there wasn’t a shred of evidence. He sounds like a politician in his answers & I don’t know if I’d vote for him, but I’m not ready to condemn him as a criminal.

    1. I didn’t attempt to condemn his as a criminal – the point was that the story looks very bad for Babeu, and will reflect poorly on Romney, whether that’s fair to him or not.

  15. SCOOP thanks for posting!

    Some would say that you don’t post good news about RINOmeny too.

    I don’t watch, but maybe I will hear if the MSM covers this or covers it up on the radio spots today.

  16. You can never hide from your past; it will always come back to haunt you.

    But, this smells like a typical left hit piece to destroy a persons character.

    1. I’m certainly not a leftist – he admitted that he’s being doing this, and said those pictures were him. Do you really think there’s a way out of this for him that doesn’t impugn his character unfairly?

      1. @Soopermexican

        “Do you really think there’s a way out of this for him that doesn’t impugn his character unfairly?”

        No. His first mistake was to post himself on the net or to let someone else. Idiot.

        As a conservative, his lifestyle is none of my business, so long it doesn’t affect conservative policy.

        BTW, I wasn’t implying you being a leftist – I was commenting on when this was first aired in the news, it looked like something the typical left would do to destroy an opponent.

        I wonder if Gloria Allred is going to represent the victim, his former partner. /sarc

    2. Michelle Bachmann
      Herman Cain
      Newt Gingrich
      Rick Santorum

      and now, Mitt Romney, all victims of the left’s tactics of drive-by smears.

  17. This man’s problems should not, in principle, affect Romney’s campaign. Romney, I’m sure had nothing more to do with this man than Sanatorum did with the guy making inappropriate jokes on TV. The fact is, Sanatorum should be 35 points ahead of Romney BECAUSE ROMNEY SUCKS! Following Sanatorum’s lead, lets stick to the issues.

  18. It fascinates me that people run for office with these kind of issues. Did he think the media would give him a break? They are going to find out and destroy you. Think before you run.

  19. There is also a large probability that drugs could be involved here. Considering the location and the persons/activities involved.

    Reminds me of some rumors about a certain high-office elected official.

    Where are the sane, healthy, sincere, serious, rightly-motivated adults in our government and law enforcement (and media)?

    Is every grown person in the US sick with sex, drugs, liberal/progressivism, greed and self-aggrandizement?

    1. This guy needs help and he needs to go to jail. What he has done is illegal and immoral.

      His addiction has interfered with his work, judgment, integrity and self-control.

    1. drudge has his head up romney’s butt…..he won’t touch this story.

      Ever since Santorum has taken the leads in the polls, drudge quit showing poll numbers on the race.

      Just like Newt before, now all pictures of Santorum are either angry, hysterical, or finger waving.

      1. It’s like the Wallace interview yesterday with Newt. Wallace tries a half dozen times to get Newt to say Romney should drop out if he loses Michigan. Finally Newt says all three should reconsider their positions if they lose their home states.

        So guess what headline Drudge uses. Yep, you guessed it. ‘Gingrich: Romney should DROP OUT OF RACE if he loses Michigan’. As if it was a startling prediction. Geez.

  20. Mitts supporters/endorsers are so corrupt. To these people, it’s all about electing a guy who will repay them with our money. The way I see it, Rick has not campaigned in Arizona and his polling number should go up.

  21. It is odd that this story hasn’t gotten more play in the media. Romney does not need his associates doing anything that might potentially turn off voters. The media has jumped on Santorum’s donor’s birth control joke about “an aspirin between the knees” as if the comment were made by Santorum himself. But they don’t care that Romney’s (and John McCain’s) most high profile Arizona supporter—Mr. Anti-Illegal Immigration—has been caught having a long-term gay affair with an illegal? just doesn’t make sense.

      1. Oh, oh, oh! Seriously? Just watch the next few days. They want at Sheriff Joe so badly they will go after anyone in the State who is even near him. This guy is toast.

          1. Dear Sooper,

            The ONLY reason this story hasn’t been exploited by the left (i.e. “Soros Monkeys” h/t Michelle Malkin) is because the ‘holier than thou’ bigots on the left do not want their mindless sheep to believe that the GOP is a diverse tent that includes gays, blacks hispanics, women who actually embrace their worth, et al.

            The only thing we can expect to hear now is that an illegal immigrant was victimized and threatened with deportation, which I find repulsive. Nor do I believe it.

            Babeu is an American hero. His work speaks for itself. His sexuality is a non-issue. When the left begins their hate campaign, we need to point out their gay-bashing.

    1. caught that too. had gay family member die of aids, he said it was a choice and to never believe otherwise.
      he repented before his death, always figured he knew more then I did about it.

      1. I had a family member die of AIDS too. He also repented while he was on his death bed. His repent however was how he lived his life carelessly and without principles, not because he was gay. The choice is only in that a gay person can live an active gay life or be celibate and alone. To think a gay person can suddenly like the opposite sex is simply not true. No one knows why someone is gay. Many women are sexually abused as children, boys mothered too much, but they don’t grow up to be gay. I contend that we have more compassion and less judgment of others and the world would be a better place. Every person should live their life with integrity and honor whether they are gay or not.

        1. I contend that we have more compassion and less judgment of others and the world would be a better place.
          *********************
          hippes thought the same stuff in the 60’s too. look where that got us.
          I am tired of playing the compassion game and no longer even try.
          deviance is deviance, I don’t play the PC crap. lifes too short and hard enough as it is to bother with that.
          ***************
          To think a gay person can suddenly like the opposite sex is simply not true.
          ***************
          meh..hard to prove that one way or the other.
          we all make choices. some make dumb ones.

        2. That is a complex issue, which is often commented on with presumptuous statements. I don’t claim any particular special knowledge on the subject, but do have a close relative who is gay. His particular situation was one of being treated like a girl due to the loss of a girl child by his mother. Who knows. I believe that there is a possible chemical link to a person’s propensity toward homosexual tendencies. It has been proven in fish, and other animals that chemical compounds can effect gender, and even gender chemistry in a way that can effect brain activity. I do not believe this to negate in any way the moral and biblical implications of homosexual behavior, but choose to view it as a point of compassion toward those afflicted with these tendencies, of which the origins are often unexplainable.

    2. Yes, same s ex attraction (a conditioned response) and se xual abuse are are highly correlated.
      Se xual abuse and fatherlessness (abandoning, apathetic, abusive, addicted, alcoholic, adulterous fathers) and perverse mothering (over-bearing, angry, emotionally abusive, abandoning, mentally-ill mothers) are correlated. The bad dad and mom leaves the child open for abuse due to his or her own hunger for love.

      The predator (priest/coach/neighbor/family member) who chooses the needy child because of his/her vulnerability, and the predator’s own need, has very often had the same childhood experience and abuse themselves. A terrible destructive cycle.

      All our emotions and desires are conditioned by what we experience (good, bad, ugly) and what we do not experience that we really needed (love, nurture, affirmation, truth, guidance, good role models).

      Children can become psychotic, sociopaths, same-sex attracted, personality disordered, unstable, depressed, addicted, suicidal, from growing up in a home with violence, deception, apathy, addiction, se xual deviance, lasciviousness, abuse…where love, self-control, respect, good behavior isn’t practiced and modeled.

      We were created for Love, Truth and Life – the Character of Christ (John 14:6)…of GOD, Father, Son, Holy Spirit. This is the healthy environment, fuel, food, drink we need to be who we were meant to be.

      For Babeu, true repentance, surrender to Christ would be the way back to health and God. Babeu is trying to heal himself by gratifying the flesh. It never works. S ex becomes an addiction, a craving, sickness, metastacizes to take over one’s whole life. Soon judgment and self-control are lost. That is exactly how this law enforcement officer, while supposedly being tough on immigration, got involved with an illegal immigrant.

      Babeu probably gotten involved with a leftist, marxist crowd trying to normalize this sickness. This is Romney’s mileu. He went along with the left in MA. These are the groups whose agenda Romney supported. These are Romney’s (and Obama’s) supporters now. Along with sick spooky dude Soros.

      1. FORGOT TO ADD – parental conflict, disunity, resentment, competition, even parents who are weak or incomplete/insecure in their own identity formation are also factors that can prevent the male or female child from healthy identity development.

        1. you are a regular Sigmund Freud. What a load of crap. THe flesh denying Christianoid cult you find yourself a part of has inflicted more pain on innocents than you will ever know. Your repression finds it expression in hate mongering and shivering certainty. Do yourself a favor and go get blanked.

      2. You should look into chemical influences on this kind of behavior. There is evidence that a person’s chemistry can be changed to cause a biological response concerning sexuality. This may be passed down from the parent, or influenced through the use of vaccines, or other drugs. Chemical compounds in vaccines can have an effect on DNA. Biological Chemical companies and governments have been experimenting with these things for years. I don’t get them any longer.

    3. No. “Born Gay” means you have the trademark “gay voice” that you couldn’t possibly have been born with, like you see on most Hollywood shows such as home improvement stuff and interior design. Most likely you would have to also be liberal because the rules are no republicans are allowed to be ‘true gays’ or ‘born gays’.

      ‘Good gay’ is, of course, reserved only for women, but that’s kind of off-topic.

    1. according to PPP, Rick’s polling number in AZ (and WA) are on the rise.

      PPP shows the race in MI tightening with Santourm +4% but AZ numbers (out Monday) and WA ones (out Tuesday) are good for Santorum

  22. The history of the DeSisto School, its charlatan of a founder, A Michael DeSisto, and Babeu’s entanglement with both, is more lurid than you describe. If there are other shoes yet to drop out of this particular closet, this is one of them.

    1. I predict there will be a whole lot more fallout than this. With his position, it is no telling how many others he intimidated. It is starting to seem like a pattern.

  23. I was told you wanted only racist comments here… I’ll be sure to leave one as soon as I figure out how to properly refer to you as a Mexican Uncle Tom. Please let me know if there’s an appropriate Latino equivalent.

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